view cancellation policy
Culture shock rating:
Historic Downtown Pub TourGeneral Info | Photo Gallery | Traveller Feedback
Houston, we have a problem: there are just too many good pubs in your city. Join this Houston tour to visit a pub with an old-school jukebox, a bar that trades as a tailor shop by day, a watering hole in an 1800's gambling parlor, and a bar that features features pinball and pool. Fun guaranteed; hangovers optional.
- Get to know Houston’s history through its charming pubs
- Hear the stories behind the bars set in historic Houston buildings
- Stroll through Market Square Park, an iconic Houston hive of activity
- Sip on local beers or designer cocktails in four unique Houston pubs
- Play pinball, pool, or table shuffleboard in authentic Texan settings
Tour style:Walking & Orientation, Local Life & Culture, Heritage & History
Local English-speaking guide.
Personal food, beverages, tips and gratuities for local guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
- Duration: 3 hours
- Meeting point:
Public Services Wine and Whiskey Bar, 202 Travis St, Houston, Texas 77002
- Starting time: 6.30 PM
- Ending point:
Fusion Taco 801 congress st. no. 101 Houston TX 77002
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
- Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
- Additional information:
Parking is free downtown after 6 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Otherwise, you can choose from on-street parking meters, indoor parking garages, and outdoor parking lots. For more information about parking downtown, go to www.DowntownHouston.org.
- Dress standard:
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. The weather from May-November can be hot and humid. The weather from December-February can be cold. Please check the local weather forecast and dress appropriately in case of rain and/or high winds.
- Child policy:
All participants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. Any travellers who cannot produce ID proof of age at the beginning of the trip will not be permitted to travel on the trip.
- Language: English
‘It’s every Texan’s right to hold a burger in one hand and a beer in the other.’ Uttered by the owner of one of Houston’s most popular bars, there couldn’t be a more accurate way to sum up pub culture in Houston.
The Historic Downtown Pub Tour will immerse you in the history of this lively Texas city by the best means possible – through its pubs! This Houston night tour will take you to four bars in the historic centre of Houston, giving you a variety of different atmospheres to relax in. Locations can vary each night depending on opening hours, but there are so many great Houston pubs in this neighbourhood that you are thoroughly spoilt for choice!
The tour starts at the bar in Georgia’s Market, a cool spot with a restaurant and grocery store inside. You’ll meet your local guide and get the full scoop on how this building used to be a gambling parlour back in 1895. With a history like that, there are plenty of stories within its walls.
After some introductions, you’ll take a stroll through Market Square Park, a small urban oasis complete with restaurants, sculptures, memorials, and remnants from old Houston buildings and sidewalks. This spot is a hive of activity and full of Houston history, and with your local guide to show you all the points of interest, you’ll never miss a beat.
This park is ringed by bars and pubs inside historic buildings, including an award-winning wine bar inside the Kennedy Bakery Building, a tailor shop that becomes a bar at night, a local hangout with a jukebox featuring tunes from the fifties, a charity bar that believes in the connection between food, drink, and community, plus many more authentic Houston bars. With a selection like that, you’ll never be stuck for choice!
After you’ve sampled a drink in the square, you’ll head for a more elegant bar to try out pinball, or challenge your group to a game of pool. Finally, you’ll perch on cowhide seats and order designer drinks at the bar inside the 1912 Union National Bank Building, the perfect way to finish off a fun-filled evening in Houston.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.82
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.86
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.65
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.74
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.72
Ms. Kathryn G.
USA ~ 28 Jan 2015[back to top]
I had a blast! Our guide Mike was very interesting and fun. Lots of interesting facts
Mr. Robert N.
USA ~ 10 Dec 2014[back to top]
Mike did an outstanding job on our Pub Tour. He made history come alive...and also had several great ghost stories. We'd recommend this Tour to any other Yankees who're visiting Houston for the first time.
Mrs. Lauren N.
USA ~ 14 Oct 2014[back to top]
Loved it! I am a local and learned so much.
Ms. Krystle R.
USA ~ 08 Oct 2014[back to top]
The tour guide, Mike, made this tour a fun and memorable experience for my boyfriend and I. He was friendly and knowledgable and he made a point to initiate conversations with every one in the group, which was almost 25 people! I will recommend Urban Adventures and will definitely do a tour again!
Mr. Katja S.
USA ~ 07 Oct 2014[back to top]
Had a wonderful time and Mike was a great tour guide.
Mrs. Donna W.
USA ~ 29 Sep 2014[back to top]
I really enjoyed our historic downtown pub tour of Houston. I wanted something unique to Houston and I found it. Great guide and interesting stops and bartenders !!
Ms. Felisita C.
USA ~ 17 Sep 2014[back to top]
We had such an amazing time. The your guide Mike was awesome! We will definitely plan another tour in our best future! Thank you so much...
Mr. Jim W.
USA ~ 23 Jul 2014[back to top]
Had a great time. Mike was AWESOME!
Mrs. Debra C.
USA ~ 01 Jul 2014[back to top]
We not only had fun, but we learned a lot about Houston's history during our downtown bar tour. There are many very cool bars and buildings that we'll visit again, and we highly recommend this tour!
Ms. Diana G.
USA ~ 19 Jun 2014[back to top]
Have to say we had a blast. Our tour guide Mike was a hoot. I thought he keep it interesting. I cant wait to try another one of there tours.
Mr. Justin D.
USA ~ 25 Mar 2014[back to top]
Probably would have been better with more people (only 4 people in our party) but I know that was beyond your control.
Ms. Brittany J.
USA ~ 07 Jan 2014[back to top]
Mike was an amazing guide! I learned so much from this tour that I had never known before...and I am a born and raised Houstonian! Mike was also very friendly and personable. This was my second time on the pub tour! I loved it the first time so much that I had to bring my friend with me for a second time.
Mr. dj f.
USA ~ 12 Nov 2013[back to top]
Me and my fiance had an exceptional time. We were amazed at the knowledge of our tour guide and the diversity in Houston. Lived in the suburbs my whole life and this was one of the most unique and enjoyable things you can do on a budget.
Mrs. Gina D.
USA ~ 07 Aug 2013[back to top]
Mike was a great tour guide. I've lived in Houston most of my life and I learned a lot about our city's history. The 4 bars we visited will all receive a second visit if not more from us.
Mr. Dan B.
USA ~ 07 Aug 2013[back to top]
Mike was an excellent guide who did Houston proud. My husband and I along with the couple we brought with us had a wonderful evening getting to know Houston better. We enjoyed the other 3 couples who were in our group also, Mike was very good at bringing us all together so we became one group instead of 5 couples. I plan on telling everyone I know to go on this tour, it is a great way to spend an evening in Houston.
Ms. Vanessa J.
USA ~ 03 Aug 2013[back to top]
Mike was an excellent tour guide. He related enough history and gave us enough time for drinks in each of the bars we visited. Now I know what bars to take friends to when they come to Houston to visit. Looking forward to the Ghost Tour.
Ms. Kristin M.
Australia ~ 02 Aug 2013[back to top]
MIke was a great guide and introduced my bf and I to our new favorite bar and drink in downtown Houston. He was very helpful to any questions we had and managed to keep a group of slightly intoxicated people in line as we navigated downtown. It was very enjoyable! I'm recommending the tour to all my friends :)
Ms. Kaura W.
USA ~ 31 Jul 2013[back to top]
Mike was a wonderful guide. I had a great time!
Mr. Todd L.
USA ~ 30 Jul 2013[back to top]
Our guide, Mike Schmidt, was great!! Really made it fun, and would recommend this tour to my friends. Learned a lot, and history I never knew, and now have some great new pubs to take my friends to, places I would have never known about. - Thanks Mike!
Mrs. Karen H.
USA ~ 17 Jul 2013[back to top]
My husband and had a wonderful time touring historic Houston. We would for sure do it again!
Mr. Michael Shane M.
USA ~ 01 Jul 2013[back to top]
Mike was great at modifying the tour to better suit our needs. We really appreciated that.
Ms. Kathi D.
USA ~ 03 Jun 2013[back to top]
I have lived in Houston over 40 years and until this tour I didn't realize how much I didn't know about my city! Michael was a great tour guide and made the history of our town and the Downtown bars, that I never even knew existed, come to life. I loved standing outside the actual places where history took place here many years ago and hearing the stories. We certainly shared lots of laughs on this tour too. I have already recommended this tour to many friends and plan on taking the tour again with my husband. In Fact, Michael mentioned Urban Adventures tours take place around the world and I immediately emailed my husband who was in Vietnam that week and he booked a tour with you that day and enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed mine. We are now sold-out UA Fans! Thank you Michael and Houston Urban Adventures!
Mrs. Rhnanda M.
USA ~ 27 May 2013[back to top]
We enjoyed the tour so much! Our guide was very knowledgable & pleasant. I would take another tour in another city.
Mrs. Lori L.
USA ~ 23 May 2013[back to top]
Downtown Houston rocks!
Michael was at his best May 17th! His personality shined with the level of enthusiasm that capped the evening. We were sorry our friends could not join us...their loss...but we made four new friends from Pearland, Katy and Cypress(five, including Michael).
The facts and details were terrific...a memorable evening, and one of the nicest evenings to be on the streets of downtown Houston. It's nice to get an update of its revitalization, especially with Super Bowl LI now on the horizon....
Michael, thank you for sharing your favorite secret place with us...can't wait to return and hope we bump into you on the street!
Mr. Donovan S.
USA ~ 22 May 2013[back to top]
Had a great time and would definitely recommend.
Ms. Nora B.
USA ~ 08 May 2013[back to top]
Mike was our tour guide & we couldn't have asked for a better one! He helped us have a blast! It was a wonderful night for many! Thanks Mike!
Mrs. Lynnette L.
USA ~ 29 Apr 2013[back to top]
Mike was great!! We really enjoyed it!
Mr. Greg Q.
USA ~ 28 Apr 2013[back to top]
We had a great tour. Kerrendra, our guide, did a fantastic job discussing some of Houston's history as well as introducing us to some very interesting sights and watering holes. All four people in our group had an excellent time. Highly recommend!!!!
Mrs. Michelle G.
~ 27 Feb 2013[back to top]
Had an excellent time and enjoyed the information our tour guide provided.
Mrs. Stacy W.
Australia ~ 26 Feb 2013[back to top]
Karinda was great!
Ms. Therese F.
USA ~ 23 Jan 2013[back to top]
We had a fabulous time with Kerrenda Brown as our tour guide. She was knowledgable and fun!
Ms. Caren C.
USA ~ 09 Jan 2013[back to top]
Connie was awesome. Informative AND entertaining. We had a blast and I've already recommended this tour to friends.
Mr. Sasha K.
USA ~ 18 Dec 2012[back to top]
Unexpectedly fun tour - I had no idea there were so many great places to go in Houston. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone.
Ms. Charlesetta G.
USA ~ 27 Nov 2012[back to top]
The tour was fantastic and our guide was exceptional and a walking wealth of history and knowledge.
Ms. Mariela R.
Venezuela ~ 24 Oct 2012[back to top]
Had a great time! our guide was great!
Ms. Lisa G.
~ 01 Aug 2012[back to top]
Sandra Lord is a great tour guide, and I look forward to touring the Houston Tunnels and the October Ghost tour. However, you do need to update your description of the tour. We did not start or end at the Lancaster for example. My friends and I have fun no matter what we do, and we still enjoyed this tour. Sandra was super accomodating and we will be back for sure!
Ms. Sooikim L.
USA ~ 21 May 2012[back to top]
I have been in Houston for 2+ years! Never knew that Downtown is so exciting! Thank you Urban Adventures!
Mr. Tommy S.
USA ~ 17 Apr 2012[back to top]
Connie was awesome. She was very easy to talk to and her interest in history made this a very fun trip. Jennifer (my girlfriend and I) came out of this with a whole new perspective on Houston.
Ms. Shellaine H.
USA ~ 15 Feb 2012[back to top]
Had a wonderul time really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks so much!
Ms. Kerrenda B.
USA ~ 06 Feb 2012[back to top]
This is my second tour with Sandra. She is so good and informative. She makes the tours interesting and fun. She has just the right amount of interaction, joking around, and history in each tour. I tell everyone about these tours. I have been in HOuston for ten years, but now I feel like a true Houstonian after these tours.
Ms. Kelly W.
Virgin Islands US ~ 02 Feb 2012[back to top]
Had a fantastic time, can't wait to do it again with more friends! Sandra was GREAT!!
Mr. Don V.
USA ~ 01 Feb 2012[back to top]
The guide was full of information about the pubs and the buildings between the pubs. It was far more interesting than I thought it would be and I learned about a few special pubs in Houston and at the same time lots of Houston history. The guide was very good about road safety.
One problem is the gift certificate seemed to be an unusual form of payment for the guide. You might want to give her more information about the gift certificates you provide.
Mr. Erik B.
USA ~ 25 Jan 2012[back to top]
We had an excellent time! Having lived in Houston for the past 14 years and spent a lot of time in the area we toured, it was great to learn some of the lesser known history. Our guide was a lot of fun and we ended up hanging out in a bar with our group for two hours after the tour was over. This seems like it would be a great way to be introduced to the city whether or not you are from here!
Mrs. Abby L.
USA ~ 24 Jan 2012[back to top]
Sandra is an absolutely wonderful tour guide! She truly knows her Texas & Houston history! She also has great report with the pub owners and staff.
While on the tour my husband and I met some of the neatest, most fun loving people ever. It truly was a wonderful experience that we'll never forget.
Mrs. Julie R.
USA ~ 22 Jan 2012[back to top]
Plan to do it again. Really enjoyed ourselves.
Sandra was quick on her toes from the knowledge
To the comebacks. Can't wait to tour with her again.
Thanks for making my birthday great!
Ms. Dee M.
USA ~ 17 Jan 2012[back to top]
We had a great time and learned a lot about the history of Houston!
Ms. Courtney B.
USA ~ 06 Dec 2011[back to top]
Went on a "Couple Night Out" and had a great time!! The buildings were great, the atmosphere was great and Sandra was great!!
Ms. Jolene F.
USA ~ 21 Nov 2011[back to top]
Sandra was a great tour guide - enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Our group enjoyed the stories as well as the access to places off the beaten path. However, we were disappointed that half the group had to miss one of the tour stops due to poor time management. Otherwise, everyone was very happy. Thanks!
Mrs. Jacqueline G.
USA ~ 17 Nov 2011[back to top]
I was excited about the tour and it was great! Sandra has great knowledge of the city and its history and her enthusiasm made the tour exciting....even though the one stop at the eclectic department store was a bit hair-raising! It was also great to share our tour with a fun couple and great interaction. Would highly recommend this tour to find out about the "real" Houston :>)
Ms. Chris H.
USA ~ 14 Sep 2011[back to top]
It lasted too long. Dinner needs to not take as long. Otherwise, it was awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed it and know of a couple of friends with whom I would love to do it again. What fun!!
For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
- Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
- Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.
Houston Urban Adventures unlock the secrets of Houston and Texas. Join us on a Heart of the Tunnel Walk or a Historic Downtown Pub Crawl to find out what makes the city tick and get acquainted with the local food, culture, and traditions.
Feels like: 3°C
Overcast. Quite cool.
Sign up now and get $10 off your next tour!
At Urban Adventures, we firmly believe local travel is one of the best ways we can support responsible tourism. In fact, we believe it so strongly that we’ve made it our entire business! All our tours are run by local experts, not some faceless corporate team located halfway around the world with no sense of the local vibe.
We craft our tours to ensure every traveller has authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and food and drink. Local travel gives you the opportunity to experience a destination as locals do, and has the potential to impact you in ways you never imagined. In short: local is awesome.
As a responsible travel company, we promise to:
- Use locally owned infrastructure on our tours whenever possible.
- Spread the financial benefits amongst local people and operators.
- Provide employment and leadership opportunities for local people.
- Respect local customs and culture.
- Provide safe tours for Urban Adventure partners, staff, and travellers.
- Educate travellers and our partners about how and why we choose to travel this way.
- Limit any negative impact to the daily lifestyles of local people.
- Limit any physical impact on natural and cultural environments.
- Provide support to organisations and local communities.
- Provide opportunities for travellers to interact with local people.
- Actively ban partners, staff, and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on Urban Adventures tours.
- Work to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism.
- Actively discourage participation in activities that exploit animals.
- Use local partners that adhere to Urban Adventures' responsible travel principles.
- Support and encourage fair employment practices.
- Give our travellers the best possible value.
- Have fun!
As a traveller, we ask that you keep the following in mind:
- People: Be mindful of the local citizens, and seek understanding through shared experiences. Consider their customs and values while in their homeland, and when in doubt, ask your guide for advice.
- Environment: Be mindful of the local environment, and act with conservation and sustainability in mind. Follow local guidelines, as recommended by your guide, and make proactive decisions on your own.
- Culture: When travelling to other cultures, remember that not everyone's customs are the same as yours at home. Be respectful, and be mindful of openly questioning a customary practice, even if you disagree with it. Try to understand from their perspective. You may learn something! Your guide will be an excellent point of reference here, so check with them if you're unsure.
- Economy: Make every effort to use local businesses and put your tourism dollars in the right (local) pocket. We use local vendors and businesses, and your guide will be able to advise you on the best ways to support the local economy.